Heritage takes tending



Two apple fanatics, Angus Deighan and Abby Verrier, owners of Rocky Ground Cider, visited GCI this week to prune some old trees on Dog Point Road. Pruning lets much-needed light into the heart of a tree and keeps branches from rubbing, which can cause injury and vulnerability to disease. Abby and Angus have worked closely with John Bunker of Fedco Trees, and in the winter, pruning helps to supplement their income from their new brewing business. They enjoyed the island and hope to tend to island trees next season as well. Those with old heritage trees are welcome to support this young couple by requesting their services. You can also support them by requesting Rocky Ground Cider at your local bar if it isn’t on the menu already.

Cindy Thomas hosted a discussion of the book “Spoonhandle.” Ted Spurling, Kate Muzzy, David Thomas, Miklos Pogany and Barb Fernald joined Cindy and enjoyed talking about the common problems between the time of “Spoonhandle” and Islesford now.

There will be news next week about this past weekend’s Third Annual Chili Nights Cookoff, hosted by Cari Alley, and Crafternoon, Kaitlyn Duggan’s time to host and teach making felted mittens from old wool sweaters/blankets/scarfs.

The fisherman of Cranberry Isles in the 1800s often wore multiple hats, homesteading to feed themselves and their families. This island’s agricultural roots still can be found in old apple trees barely visible through alder thickets on presumably once open land. Although society has strayed from family farms and homesteads, the Cranberry Isles still draw from those roots, and like most islands, are slower than the mainland to discard old traditions.

Enough snow has fallen a couple of times for us to need shovels to dig out our vehicles at Northeast Harbor. Along with shovels, good boots and good gloves are important for clearing off and digging out from a lot of snow. No one wants frostbite. And please make sure to clear the car roof/hood/trunk. The speed limits provide plenty of opportunity for chunks of snow and ice to fly off and break a windshield behind or oncoming in the other lane. There are few road shoulders to pull onto to wait for help.

February is a time for choosing seeds and drawing up a vision for future gardens. This week, the girls from the Island Ecology Project will be doing just that, ordering seeds for their four revived gardens located in separate island backyards. Plans for new irrigation systems are in the works, and the team is looking forward to another successful year providing islanders with fresh produce despite the absence of one of the project members. Sarah McCracken, a founder of the project, will be attending medicinal plant school through July and will be back to the island in August, eager to share all she’s learned with the community. Kayla and Jessi will be taking care of the gardens and running the weekend farm stands at the apple orchard next to the Longfellow School.

Jeri Spurling will host a Democratic Caucus on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. Participating in the caucus requires being a registered Democrat. Changing registration from Republican or Green Independent would have to be done by/on Feb. 19, Friday of this week. Contact the town office if you are not registered with a party to register in time to participate in the caucus. Absentee ballots are available. Jeri strongly recommends absentee ballots for those on Great Cranberry for casting a ballot in case they cannot get to the caucus; absentee ballots from those who are able to attend the caucus will be pulled.

A big happy belated birthday this week to Tarnya Sanborn on Feb. 13, Liam Carrol Astbury on Feb. 15 and Candace Corson on Feb. 16. Many happy returns to Tim Shiro on Feb 18, and to Wesley Bracy “Jr” and Dedi Whitaker on Feb. 19. Happy birthday to Patrick Mocarsky on Feb. 23 and Jasmine Samuel on Feb. 25.

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected], and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.

 

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected] com, and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.
Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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